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Seniors after you have been accepted to your college of choice, please do not forget to let the other schools know that you will not be attending their college. This will free up your spot for someone on their waiting list!! Also, FAFSA deadlines are approaching - do not be late - this has to be done for your HOPE scholarship too!!
Seniors want to know -
What is verification of lawful presence and why does my college need it??
Verification of Lawful Presence
Verification of Lawful Presence in the United States
In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.3.4, all applicants who are accepted for admission or readmission, and who seek to be classified as in-state for tuition paying purposes, will be required to provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the State of Georgia and the United States.
United States citizens and permanent residents who seek to be classified as in-state for tuition paying purposes must provide one of the following un-expired documents.
- Certified U.S. Birth Certificate showing the student was born in the U.S. or a U.S. territory. A photocopy is not acceptable.
- U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N?550 or N?570).
- U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N?560 or N?561).
- U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (DS?1350) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS?240).
- Current U.S. Passport.
- Current Georgia driver’s License issued after January 1, 2008, that is valid for more than two years and not labeled with "Limited Term" (A limited term license or a license issued for a period of less than two years cannot be accepted).
- Current ID issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008, that is valid for more than two years and not labeled with "Limited Term" (A limited term ID or an ID issued for a period of less than two years cannot be accepted).
- Current military ID (for service members only, not dependents).
- Current, valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS form I-151 or I-551). Must present original card in person. A photcopy is not acceptable.
Copies of all documents are usually accepted, except the certified U.S. birth certificate and Permanent Resident Alien Card. http://www.vitalchek.com provides instructions for ordering a certified U.S. birth certificate.
Applicants who are not United States citizens and not permanent residents and seek to be classified for in-state tuition must the following:
- Current copy of your visa and I-94. If you have a current Employment Authorization Card, please attach a copy of it to your documents.
The University of North Georgia is required to verify the lawful presence of in-coming students who have not provided one of the above documents and seek to be classified for in-state tuition with one of the following methods:
- Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program if you do not have a current F or J visa.
- SEVIS for non-citizens possessing an F or J visa.
If you have one of the documents listed above(except your birth certificate or Permanent Resident Alien Card), you may wish to send it by fax or scan it and, if readable, send it as an attachment to the Admissions Office, so that it can be added to your application file. Please note that we cannot accept copies of the U.S. birth certificate; instead, original certified U.S. birth certificates must be mailed to the Admissions office.
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Make the Most of Your College Visit:
College visits are a great way to help you decide which colleges to apply to. The college visit is your chance to get a feel for the school and to determine if the school is right for you. Don't forget to pick up a pre-arranged absence form in the Attendance Office.
During your college visit, tour the campus and take the opportunity to speak with an admissions officer. This is your chance to get answers to your questions, such as:
- What is the average class size?
- Are classes taught by professors or by teaching assistants?
- What is the make-up of the current freshman class?
- How many students are residents vs. commuters?
- How safe is the campus?
- What is the financial aid priority date?
- Does the school offer merit scholarships?
If possible, sit in on a class or two and talk to a professor in your chosen major. It's also a good idea to wander around the campus, check out the library, read the student newspaper, listen to the college radio station, visit the student union, browse through the bookstore, and scan the bulletin boards in the academic department you're interested in.
Talk to current college students… they can tell what they like and dislike about the college, what the social scene is like, what the cafeteria food is like, what type of clubs and societies are on campus, etc. If possible, spend a night in a dorm with a current student to get a better feel for college life!
During your visit, listen to and trust your instincts. After all, you're the only one who can decide if a school is right for you.